Illegal Drug Trade

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has come out to vehemently deny allegations of illegal drug trade following a recent call by the US government for suspects to be brought to justice.

Speaking in Changamwe on Sunday, Senator Sonko said he was ready to face US security agencies such as the DEA and FBI to clear his name.

He added that he was willing to travel to the United States to face the security agencies directly.

”I want all those mentioned in the US report to travel to the US to be cleared. I am ready, with my passport, to lead the way.”

He further added that he supported the government’s fight of the illegal drug trade and the arrest and prosecution of drug dealers who would face extradition.

Mike Sonko’s source of wealth has been largely questioned until an American Embassy report which was made public six years ago linked the Senator to the illegal drug trade.

Sonko along with Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Mombasa’s Hassan Joho and six other Members of Parliament were named in the report.

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The then US ambasador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, gave the report to George Saitoti so it could be tabled in Parliament.

All parties named in the report denied involvement saying the report lacked facts and was aimed at tarnishing names and reputations.

During a recent spat, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero accused Sonko of using his businesses as a front for illegal drug trade.

”It is very ironical that ambulances are roaming all over our roads with sirens so people would assume someone’s health is in danger only to find out they are dashing drugs to some place,” he said.

The Kenyan government have vowed to continue to work with the US to fight illegal drugs trade.

Deputy President Willam Ruto some weeks ago confirmed that the government had received intelligence on drug kingpins who would soon be arrested.

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He reiterated the government’s stance on extradition for prosecution should such requests be made.

”When other countries suspect that people are engaged in this trade, it’s natural for us, being partners in this war, to ensure they are handed over for prosecution,” he said.